July 05, 2013
28 Outstanding Young Asian Future Leaders Express Their Thoughts on ASEAN’s Role in Asia and the Global Economy
– The 12th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative students believe enhanced connectivity, closer cooperation and greater integration will bring many benefits to ASEAN countries –
Bangkok, July 5, 2013 – Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501) today announced that it hosted the press conference on 4 July for the 12th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) students who shared their thoughts and recommendations under the theme ‘The Road Ahead: ASEAN’s Role in Asia and the Global Economy’. The event, held in Bangkok from July 1 to 5, 2013, sees the gathering of key regional politicians and thought leaders to speak on the said subject.
A regional corporate social responsibility program by Hitachi, Ltd., HYLI has, for the past 17 years, provided young people with a platform to exchange ideas on pressing issues in Asia.
HYLI brings together the brightest 28 students from seven participating countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan, who have shown potential to become leaders.
After interaction with the distinguished speakers on the first two days, the students conducted three days of intensive workshops and expressed their ideas on the theme ‘The Road Ahead: ASEAN’s Role in Asia and the Global Economy’, as well as sub-themes ‘AEC 2015: What can ASEAN really expect? Asia’s significance in the global economy’ and ‘Connectivity: The driver of ASEAN competitiveness’. They also participated in field trips, community activities and a cultural tour that enhanced their understanding of the themes.
“We are delighted to see our future Asian leaders taking ownership of the current issues affecting the ASEAN region by working together with their fellow HYLI students to propose solutions that have the potential to inspire positive change,” said Ms. Yukiko Araki, Executive General Manager CSR Division, Hitachi, Ltd.
“HYLI has not only given me the chance to voice my ideas on how and in which ways I would like to see my country developing, but also fostered cross-cultural understanding among our friends in Asian countries,” said Mr. Aekarak Sethi, one of the 12th HYLI students from Thailand.